Amer­i­can Air­lines get­ting rid of plas­tic straws

Yuma Sun - - NATION / WORLD -

Amer­i­can Air­lines says it will stop us­ing plas­tic straws and drink stirs and re­place them with biodegrad­able al­ter­na­tives.

Amer­i­can said Tues­day that start­ing this month in its air­port lounges it will serve drinks with straw and wood stir sticks and be­gin mov­ing to what it called eco-friendly flat­ware.

Amer­i­can, the world’s big­gest air­line, said that in Novem­ber on board planes it will re­place plas­tic stir sticks with ones made from bam­boo. The air­line said the moves will elim­i­nate more than 71,000 pounds of plas­tic a year.

Alaska Air­lines, the fifth-largest U.S. car­rier, said in May that it would phase out plas­tic straws and cit­rus picks start­ing this sum­mer and re­place them with “sus­tain­able, ma­rine-friendly al­ter­na­tives.” Larger U.S. air­lines — Delta, United and South­west — still use plas­tic straws.

Some cities have banned plas­tic straws be­cause they are of­ten not re­cy­cled and wind up as trash in land­fills and oceans.

Star­bucks and other food com­pa­nies have re­cently an­nounced they will phase out plas­tic straws and poly­styrene foam cups from their stores by 2020.

Ho­tels are mak­ing sim­i­lar moves. Hyatt Ho­tels Corp. said this week it will elim­i­nate plas­tic straws and drink stirs from all its prop­er­ties by Sept. 1.

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